Democrats are pushing to allow lawmakers to cast votes remotely, avoid Colorado Capitol during coronavirus

The Colorado Sun: Democratic leaders in the Colorado House and Senate are pushing to allow lawmakers to cast votes remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, suspending the long tradition of requiring senators and representatives to be present in person to have their voices heard.

A resolution introduced in each chamber and set for debate as early as Wednesday could allow remote voting and participation in the lawmaking process before the end of the week. 

“Every member deserves the right to represent their district during this global pandemic,” House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, said in a written statement. “We have the capability to implement a limited remote participation process for our members most at risk of contracting COVID-19. All levels of government, the nonprofit and private sectors are exploring innovative ways to conduct business remotely. That’s what we’re doing.”

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